West Coast Small Business Defense Contracting Summit 

December 4 - 5, 2019

San Diego, California


Join defense contractors nationwide and attend the 3rd Annual West Coast Small Business Defense Contracting Summit which will be held at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA.


The Summit will consist of morning and afternoon general sessions; the latest details on new contracting opportunities; and a networking lunch with exhibitors. A VIP Networking Reception will be held for all VIP Business Attendees, Exhibitors, Sponsors, Speakers, and Special Guests. Summit participants include Military Contracting Officials, Federal Government Officials, both Large and Small Defense Contractors and Businesses, and often Members of Congress and Senior Congressional Staff.

If your company will be sending more than one representative, please consider participating as a Summit Sponsor. Sponsorship packages start at $1,500 with multiple VIP Passes. For more details on Sponsorship & Exhibiting Opportunities, email marketing@defenseleadershipforum.org or call (202) 552-0179.

To register, please click the "Register" button below or contact us at our Marketing and Sales Department at Marketing@Defenseleadershipforum.org for a manual registration form. If you have any additional questions, please call our customer service center at (202) 552-0179 or email us at Info@Defenseleadershipforum.org.

Summit Schedule:

December 3rd, 2019

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Exhibit Move-In

December 4th, 2019
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM: Exhibit Move-In
8:00 AM: On-Site Registration & Networking with Exhibitors
8:00 AM: Sign-Up for Matchmaking Session I
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM: General Session
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Networking Lunch with Exhibitors
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM: General Sessions
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM: Matchmaking Session I
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM: Networking with Exhibitors
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM: VIP Networking Reception

December 5th, 2019
8:00 AM: Networking Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:00 AM: Sign-Up for Matchmaking Session II
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM: General Sessions

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Matchmaking Session II
12:00 PM: Exhibitor Move-Out

Event Location:

San Diego Convention Center

111 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101 

Building Entrance E / Ballroom 20 C&D / Upper Level

Exhibitors: Advance shipping directly to the Convention Center is not available for this event.

Event Parking:

Public parking with a daily fee available at Ace Parking adjacent to the Convention Center. For specific questions about the Garage call (619)237-0399. 


Download the Exhibit Instruction document by clicking the "Exhibit Instructions" button above.

  • This is not booth/pipe and drape set up, no carpeting needed.

  • Exhibit tables will be located in the General Session Area and in the foyer/pre-function area.

  • Upon arrival, each Exhibitor will be assigned a table-top exhibit space equipped with one (1) six-foot table and chairs.

❖ Standard Exhibit includes space up to 8ft wide by 6 to 8ft deep for table-top display items and up to (2) 3ft wide pull-up banners.

❖ Large Exhibit includes space up to 10ft wide by 8ft deep for table-top display items and up to (3) 3ft wide pull up banners or a backdrop display up to 10ft wide. Contact if you have any questions about your display items.



To request power, contact DLF prior to 5PM EST Wednesday, Nov 20 to indicate that your display requires electricity.

Ashley Brooks

Defense Leadership Forum

(202)552-0179, x400



Internet Orders:

For all internet-related needs (individual Wi-Fi, hot spot, dedicated access, etc) contact Smart City (the preferred provider of internet/telephone services). See Smart City flyer attached.

Smart City Phone



Audio Visual Orders:

For any audio, video and computer equipment please, contact On-Site Audio Video Personnel: On Services.

Rich Macklin, Sales Manager

Phone: (619)525-5962




  • Move-In: Exhibitors will be able to access Ballroom 20 C&D from 3:00PM to 6:00PM on Tuesday, December 3rd. 

Your exhibit materials must be hand-carried to Ballroom 20 C&D. 

  • Move-Out: Exhibitors may start breaking down and moving out at 12PM Noon Thursday, December 5th. Break-down is not permitted during General Session Presentations.


• Wednesday, December 4: 8:00AM to 5:00PM
• Thursday, December 5: 8:00AM to 12:00PM

Please note that NO advance shipping directly to the Convention Center is available for this event. All inbound and outbound shipping must be done via your own provider. You must hand-carry your items to the Convention Center and to the Ballroom. Elevators are available. On-site staff will not be available to assist with the transport of materials. Outbound shipping may be coordinated through the FedEx located in the Convention Center (FedEx (619)525-5450).

Instructions to Ballroom: San Diego Convention Center - Use Building Entrance E / Ballroom 20 C&D (Upper Level). Download the full exhibit instruction document from the "Exhibit Instruction" button above for parking and directions.